Nyxia Unleashed (The Nyxia Triad #2)
By Scott Reintgen
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Getting to Eden brought Emmett and his crewmates one step closer to their promised fortune. But surviving Eden may be the biggest reward of all. Discover book two in the trilogy Marie Lu called, “a high-octance thriller.”
Emmett Atwater thought Babel’s game sounded easy. Get points. Get paid. Go home. But it didn’t take long for him to learn that Babel’s competition was full of broken promises, none darker or more damaging than the last one.
Now Emmett and the rest of the Genesis survivors must rally and forge their own path through a new world. Their mission from Babel is simple: extract nyxia, the most valuable material in the universe, and play nice with the indigenous Adamite population.
But Emmett and the others quickly realize they are caught between two powerful forces—Babel and the Adamites—with clashing desires. Will the Genesis team make it out alive before it’s too late?
I am a huge fan of The Nyxia Triad. I was instantly drawn into the first book in the series Nyxia (review here) and hooked with the incredible cast and turn of events that Scott Reintgen has set in motion. I went into Nyxia Unleashed with some very high demands. Fortunately, it met each of them with incredible ease.
The second book takes us to the planet “Eden” following the harrowing events surrounding Emmett and the Genesis survivors. Here the crew must come together and learn to thrive in this new and dangerous environment. Their job is to mine Nyxia for Babel, maintain peace with the “Adamites”, get paid and return home. But with Babel having proven they are not to be trusted and clearly having ulterior motives, it soon becomes obvious that the stakes are much higher. Babel and the “Adamites” are headed on a deadly path of collision. Now the Genesis survivors will need to stay together if they hope to ever make it home.
“I thought you were just another broken boy we needed to look after. But you’re not. You’re a weapon. Babel put you through the fire and you survived.”
What I appreciated..
- Scott Reintgen takes the incredible world he has constructed and expands it to impressive heights, offering an in-depth exploration of a new planet and alien life.
- Character development is a rewarding process that feels further enhanced by the extreme circumstances we find the cast facing. They are diverse, beautiful and viable. From dialog to actions, reactions and emotions, Emmett and the Genesis survivors feel authentic and well researched. And the relationships evolve appropriately and accordingly. The characters are my favorite aspect of The Nyxia Triad.
- The already fast-paced storyline kicks up another notch with a set of unpredictable events that turn each page with a welcomed ease that I am beginning to expect from Reintgen and his writing. This book felt like it read itself.
- For all of the sci-fi action and adventure to be found within, we still discover powerful themes that tackle socioeconomic diversity and discrimination, the importance of love and loyalty and facing adversity head-on.
“There’s a difference between pretending to be tough and ignoring the truth, though. Pops has always told me ignorance is the most dangerous thing in the world. Fools, he used to say, will ignore whispers until they become shouts.”
Challenges some may encounter..
- The Adamites feel almost too human at times and leave some elements feeling slightly less credible.
- Themes of loss and grief, with violence and death are present but never gratuitous. Please feel free to message me if you are planning to read the book but have concerns.
Nyxia Unleashed accomplished what few successors do and improved on an already fantastic story, adding new depth and complexity. It delivers a surprising amount of heart at its core and explores some incredibly powerful themes. Reintgen is becoming a household name here and for good reason.
*I received an advanced copy from the author as part of a giveaway. The quotes included above are from the advanced copy and subject to change. This review is my own, unbiased and honest opinion.
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